Dining at the stock exchange
TEXT: ARNE ADRIAENSSENS | PHOTOS © BISTRO BERLAGE
Before, it was the financial heart of Amsterdam: today, it houses a culinary paradise. Within the walls of the Beurs van Berlage, the city’s former commodity market, Bistro Berlage serves fine Dutch cuisine and surprising snacks in a spectacular setting.
“The bistro’s history goes way back,” says marketing manager Willemijn de Vet. “Where you enjoy your lunch or dinner today, stockbrokers used to enter their temple to trade their way to success. The elegant brickwork and colourful tile tableaus against the walls, still remind us of the building’s rich history.” Together with the modern, elegant furniture and mesmerising golden bar in the centre, these elements give Bistro Berlage its unique and welcoming atmosphere. Outside, at its sun-drenched terrace at the dynamic Beursplein, you can gaze at Amsterdam’s diverse set of passengers for hours. With over 300,000 people passing the square every week, there is never a dull moment.
Besides being a treat for the eyes, Bistro Berlage also knows how to enchant your taste buds. For lunch, a wide selection of tostadas, salads and other snacks take the edge off your appetite. After sunset, refined Dutch classics with a surprising twist adorn the menu. “By choosing seasonal vegetables and collaborating with the city’s best cheese makers, butchers and bakeries, we really serve you a piece of Amsterdam. Since we change our entire menu every six months and have another special every week, there is always something new to discover at Bistro Berlage.”